Rose

Flowers on a cold winter’s morn.

Flowers on a cold winter’s morn.

Rose Flower

A photograph of a rose with a raindrop on its petals processed in Lightroom with the Powder Paint Effect.

Rose

For my photography post today I bring you flowers on this cold winter’s morn. It is damp and dismal and very cold here in the South East of England, with temperatures expected to plummet even further over the next few days. Continue reading →

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One Rose – Three takes

One Rose – Three takes

A photograph of a rose taken at Pashley Manor Gardens in East Sussex.

I wanted a soft blue/pink rose and again I used my scaling technique to increase the rose size.. most of the processing of this image was carried out in Photoshop, with final edits being done in Lightroom.

A photograph of a rose taken at Pashley Manor Gardens in East Sussex.

I added different textures to the photograph and just changed the tone of the colours in Lightroom.

A photograph of a rose taken at Pashley Manor Gardens in East Sussex.

Have a good weekend everyone xx

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Yellow Rose of Morden Hall

Yellow Rose of Morden Hall

Photograph of a yellow rose taken at Morden Hall Park, London, back in July 2012.

Photograph of a yellow rose taken at Morden Hall Park, London, back in July 2012.

Back in 2012, when runners were running, swimmers were swimming, and divers were diving…at the London Olympics we decided to go to Morden Hall Park in London… and my I have never seen so many roses in a rose garden.  The rose garden had roses in abundance, with different varieties and colours.

Morden Hall Park is a lovely park to walk through… there is a stream running through the park and when the sun is shining it is glorious… we did, however, had a trouble finding it with the Sat Nav… but after going around the block a couple of times we did manage to find the entrance. 😀 😀

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Raindrops on Roses

Raindrops on Roses

Within the grounds of Chartwell House in Kent – the former home of the late Sir Winston Churchill – is the formal rose garden.. The rose garden was designed by Clementine Churchill’s close friend and cousin Venetia Montagu.  This photograph of a rose was taken just after there was a rain shower and the raindrops were still nestling on the delicate petals of the rose.

A photograph of a yellow rose taken in the rose garden at Chartwell, Kent - the former home of the late Sir Winston Churchil.

A photograph of a yellow rose taken in the rose garden at Chartwell, Kent – the former home of the late Sir Winston Churchill.

 

Originally I was going to leave the photograph in monochrome.. but as an experiment in Lightroom, after processing the photograph I hit the colour button on the HSL/Colour/B&W panel in Lightroom and I liked the tones and vibrancy of the yellow petals.

A photograph of a yellow rose taken in the rose garden at Chartwell, Kent - the former home of the late Sir Winston Churchil.

A photograph of a yellow rose taken in the rose garden at Chartwell, Kent – the former home of the late Sir Winston Churchill.

 

Have a good weekend everyone xx

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From Harsh to Delicate

From Harsh to Delicate

Final Image

Final Image

 

I wanted to create a soft looking flower… and to see how soft and delicate I could make a harsh looking photo by using Lightroom and Photoshop.

Lullingstone Rose

Lullingstone Rose – SOOC

As you can see from the SOOC photo on the right, that particular rose has many petals and I did manage to get most of the rose in focus… as I was using shallow depth of field settings on my camera.

So I started off in Lightroom, and my first task was to crop the photograph until I got the amount of petals I wanted to play around with.  So in the Basic Panel my first job was to lower the saturation, contrast and increase the exposure.  After that I played around with the Highlights and Shadows sliders and then I then readjusted the Vibrance and Saturation to achieve a pastel pink rose. I then added some minimal split toning before exporting my photo to Photoshop.

Lullingstone Castle

Lullingstone Rose – Pre-Photoshop

Once I was in Photoshop, I duplicated my layer and then using the Lumenzia Panel by Greg Benz I added some sharpening and used a setting of 3.5.  I only wanted to sharpen the certain parts of the flower, mainly the centre of the bloom, so I added a Layer Mask filled it with black and then added an eclipse shape with a lot of feather so that the mask only allowed the section I selected to be sharpened.

9655 Layers PanelI then added a Colour Fill Layer and choose one of the pastel pinks and set the blending mode to colour.  As I only wanted the same section enhanced as per my previous layer I just used the same layer mask as my sharpening layer.  Using Shift+Alt+Control+E I created a new layer which merged all my other layers together… to this layer I added a Gaussian Blur.  But as I only wanted the blur to affect the outer edges of my photography, I copied my layer mask and then inverted the mask.

After that I then added a Black and White Adjustment Layer and use the same Layer Mask as my Gaussian Blur and I then lowered the Opacity of the layer to around 40%.

Lullingstone Castle

Lullingstone Rose – Post Photoshop

I was happy with the Image so I then saved the image and it automatically transferred it back to Lightroom.

Theoretically speaking I could have achieved the exact same adjustments in Lightroom without going to Photoshop but I used Photoshop a) because I have it and pay for it and b) because it gives you experience of playing around with layer masks, adjustment layers etc.  Plus you learn how to do things quicker once you have practised a few times 😀 😀

Now that my image was back in Lightroom, I did want to do much more to it so the only edits I did was in the Details Panel where I added a little bit of sharpening using the Edge Masking and a little bit of noise reduction.  In the Effects Panel, I added a Vignette but instead of darkening the edges I lightened them just a little.  And here is the photo in a black frame.

Lullingstone Rose - Framed

And in the frame below which I created in Photoshop I used the colours of the image for the mount.

Framed--Lullingstone-Rose

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Muted…

Muted…

Muted - P1030848

 

 

The above image, believe it or not, was originally a bright vibrant orange rose… but I wanted to create something very muted and in a pastel shade with a deep dusky pink colour effect…  Processing was mainly carried out in Lightroom, but I did use ON1 Effects 10 to add a blur to the photograph.  To add a little texture to the photograph, I added some grain.. something I don’t normally do with my photographs… but this time I think it added to the texture.

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Reworking a rose

Reworking a rose

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

I thought I would rework a rose I did ages ago in a post called Red Rose For My Lovely, As I haven’t got my external hard drive here at the moment, and am using my laptop, I had the original blog photo in a folder in Google Drive, so I opened that in Photoshop and used only Photoshop for my edits. I started by duplicating the layer and altering the saturation and lightness of the red colour by using a ‘Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer’.  I then played around with the level by using a ‘Levels Adjustment Layer’.  Once I achieved the desired result my next thing was to crop this rose to create a more pleasing composition.  After I added my crop certain parts of the crop had transparent pixels.  I easily corrected this by creating a new layer and filling it with black using ‘Paint Bucket Tool’.  I then moved this layer to below my ‘Background Layer’.  Once I was happy with these edits I then clicked ‘CTL+ALT+SHIFT+E’ to merge all my edits into a new layer without merging the layers.  In this new layer I added a ‘Camera Raw Filter’ and added some ‘Radial Filters’ one to give a darker edge to the photo and less saturation and one to enhance the centre of the rose and add more ‘Clarity’ to the centre of the rose.  Once I was happy I saved the file, both in ‘PSD’ and ‘jpeg’ format.

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My favourite tool – the crop tool

My favourite tool – the crop tool

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

I don’t know about you but there are times when you think you have taken the perfect shot, only to find when you are back home and importing your photos into Lightroom that the image you’ve just imported it is not what you envisaged when taking the original shot.  The composition is all wrong and you have not taken another photograph of the subject.  That photograph could end up in the bin or just sit there on a hard-drive never to see the light of day.

Taken by Bren Ryan - SOOC

Taken by Bren Ryan – SOOC

Take for instance this photograph on the right… the rose is totally in the wrong place.  And yes it would have ended up in the bin or sitting there all along if it had not been for the crop tool in Lightroom.

The crop tool can be your friend, especially if you have the guide overlay set to what ever aspect ratio you want, if you don’t want to use their presets by going to Choose Aspect Ratio.

crop tool overlayIn Lightroom you can pick your guide by first clicking on the Crop tool and then going to Tools, Crop Guide Overlay, and selecting your Aspect Ratio.  As you can see mine is set to thirds, as this is the overlay that I feel more comfortable with and use for all my processing.

Another aspect some people like to use is the Golden Ratio, which is excellently described on Leanne Coles old Blog site in a post written by Sarah Vercoe.

Whatever guide you use.. you can still achieve some great results. Now back to my original image.  As the post was going on my website it really didn’t matter whether I kept the original Aspect of the shot locked or not.  But if you are printing your photos, just remember to check your sizes before clicking on the padlock.  The last thing you want to do is crop your photograph, do all your processing only to find when you print it, there is a huge border either on the side or the bottom.  To unlock the padlock in Lightroom, just click on it, once you have selected the ‘Crop Tool’ in the ‘Develop Module’.

Below is a cropped version of my rose using the same aspect ratio as the shot.

Cropped to original dimensions

Cropped to original ratio of initial photograph.

As you can see, the Padlock is locked and I have put an angle on the photograph.  A quick tip if you crop in landscape mode and you want to make it portrait, just hit ‘x’ on your keyboard and that will change it crop. If you don’t like the new version after hitting ‘x’ just hit ‘x’ again and it will revert it back to landscape mode.  Or vice versa, should you originally crop in portrait mode.

As my photograph was being used for the web, I decided to unlock the padlock and choose my own dimensions for the crop.

Cropped to a different ratio of photograph

Cropped to a different ratio of photograph

Finally when I finished my cropping for this photograph I added my B&W Soft Preset, and added some radial filters.  You can download my B&W Soft (with radial filters) Preset by clicking here.

The crop tool is your friend and even if you don’t like the whole of the photo.. sometimes by using the crop tool there is an element of the photograph you can possibly crop and use for processing.  Like in this instance you don’t have to show the whole flower, just the parts that make a more pleasing composition.

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Blue Rose

Blue Rose

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

The above photograph was one taken when we first started into our photography journey…. so much has gone on in the last few months that our photography has had to take the back burner… and boy have I missed getting out and about.  But no fear… I will be back out with that camera pretty soon.

To achieve the effect I wanted, I cropped the photo and turned it into a monochrome photograph.  I liked the bud of the rose and that is what I wanted to focus on… however once I turned it into black and white.. I then added a graduated filter to the photograph and gave that filter a hint of blue.  After that I then added some radial filters to highlight the certain parts of the bud.

I hope you like it and I hope you all had a great Christmas and may I wish you all a Happy New Year xx

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Apricot Rose… of Riverhill

Apricot Rose… of Riverhill

Sometimes you take a photograph and it just doesn’t turn out like you wished or envisaged… and when you get home and go to process that photograph you feel really disappointed.  Up until recently I would discard these photos, but lately, since I have been using Collections in Lightroom, I have kept these photographs.

The above happened with this image….

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

I liked the rose… but the background spoilt it for me… so it sat there and I did nothing with it… until I thought what if I crop the rose and get rid of parts that spoilt it for me… so that is what I did.. and I ended up with this cropped version.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

But still I didn’t like it… so I tried something I haven’t tried before… So off to Photoshop it went. I used the clone stamp tool and using the content-aware aspect of it.. I got rid of the green corners, and clone stamped until the background blended in.

Then I added a texture, did a few adjustments with the levels, added a vignette and changed the hue and saturation of the texture layer.

Once I was satisfied with the result I then took the photo back into Lightroom, added a radial filter… and added a graduated filter using the colour picker tool and sampling a lighter colour in the texture.

Finally I ended up with this picture… hope you like it.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

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